-staa

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Extracted from the verbs pyydystää (to capture) and saalistaa (to prey), both originally formed by the suffix -taa/-tää from the nouns pyydys and saalis.

Suffix[edit]

-staa (front vowel harmony variant -stää)

  1. Forms captative verbs, i.e. verbs for hunting or catching animals or picking plants.
    kala (fish) → kalastaa (to fish)
    rapu (crab) → ravustaa (to catch crabs)
    metsä (forest) → metsästää (to hunt)
    marja (berry) → marjastaa (to pick berries)

Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-staa (front vowel harmony variant -stää)

  1. Allomorph of -istaa used after labial vowels.
    into (zeal) → innostaa (to inspire)
    apu (help) → avustaa (to help)

Derived terms[edit]